Skelton Grange

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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:

20th Sept 2014: Wild Food Walk

Wild leaf salad with a fruit vinaigrette dressing, accompanied by home baked nettle seed bread and followed by elderberry and almond tart anybody?  

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a Wild Food Walk around Skelton Grange’s beautiful wildlife area - berries & nuts are plentiful, along with some fungi and other plants of great culinary interest… You will get to learn so much about the opportunities that nature offers us for free, see wild cooking demonstrations and enjoy a wealth of natural gourmet food! Craig will pre-prepare some delicious food items to share with you as well as the foragings from the event, and has promised to bring in a selection of homemade jams, jellies, pickles and drinks. The event will be from 12-4pm and include time for food and socialising.

Cost £30 per adult, £15 for under 16's. Click here to book

20th Sept 2014: AutumnFest

A day to celebrate the arrival of autumn, and all of nature's bounty that comes with it! We'll have an apple press (borrowed from the wonderful folk at Urban Harvest) and will be both picking and pressing fruit from around the site. Bring your apples along for pressing and juicing - the more the merrier! There will also be harvesting, preserving and some autumn management of the site - especially the food growing areas. We'll also have some autumn games and crafts - including the return of the famous Skelton Grange Conker Championship. Who will win the Golden Conker this time around? Click here to book

4th Oct 2014: Skelton Grange Annual Open Day!

Loads of activities for children and adults! Food is also available from our famous tea & cake stall and Dragon Fired cob oven - more information...

18th October 2014: Family Bushcraft Adventure

Want to come and join in the fun? Then grown ups and kids can come and set up camp together and spend a day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making. The cost per adult for the day is £25 and each child (aged 6-16 years) £15, and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm. "The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills." "It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!" Click here to book your places

19th Oct 2014: Fungi Foray

Explore and taste a medley of mushrooms at Skelton Grange, with Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds...The Fungi Foray will take place on Sunday 19th October, from 10am-1pm and include time for food and socialising. We never know how many fungus types we will find, as nature will dictate that and hopefully will be kind! Craig will bring along some extra edible fungus and we can look at some of those and cook them up. He will also bring in some pickles and assorted mushroom based goodies. Cost £30 per adult, £15 for under 16's. Click here to book

27th October 2014:   Half term Bushcraft Adventure Day for 8-12 yr olds

Want to come and join in the fun? Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included: shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making. The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.Click here to book your places

29th-31st Oct 2014: Half term Zombie Apocalypse

An evening of fear, intrigue and interactive adventure for groups, intrepid individuals or families with older children. Come and find out what is really going on at the Skelton Grange Research Centre, where strange sightings, missing people and terrifying noises have been reported...

Word from a survivor of last year's invasion: "We had a fab time - scared to death last night" For more information and to book for this year please click here

Weds 29th October

Thurs 30th October

Fri 31st October

12th-13th Nov 2014: 'Landscapes' with Mimika Theatre

Dates: Weds 12th and Thurs 13th November 2014

A theatre of remarkable visual effects and transformations all set inside a beautiful calico dome, 'Landscapes' takes us on a journey around the globe absorbing the atmosphere, movements, rhythms and sounds of four contrasting areas of the natural world - desert, sea, rainforest and the Antarctic. Performances for schools during the daytime and the public in the evening - full details can be found here.

15th Nov 2014: Flying Shavings Reindeer Workshop

Learn how to use a shave horse and other green woodworking skills whilst creating your very own reindeer for the coming winter season! Working in a small group in the Skelton Grange Environment Centre woods, you will be guided by traditional craftsman Richard Law of Flying Shavings, whose courses are very popular. There will be two sessions available on Saturday 15th November at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Cost of £35 includes materials, tools and a steaming bowl of veggie soup heated on the rocket stove accompanied by a home-baked wholemeal roll.Minimum age 9 years. Click here to book

10th March 2015: Environmental Games and Activities

The natural environment is a superb learning environment, and this practical course will give you lots of innovative ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children about the natural world, and will also support delivery of the national curriculum.  The activities, suitable for 3-11 year olds, utilise easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 20 years! At the end of the day you’ll have made your own back pocket games book, ready to take your teaching outside.

Click here for more info and to make a booking

16th March 2015: Making the Most of the School Grounds

This day will give staff from primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres guidance, inspiration and practical support to develop outdoor learning opportunities. We’ll guide you through growing vegetables with children and introduce you to fun, hands on, creative and curriculum linked outdoor activities suitable for 3-11 year olds, based around the vegetable garden and wider school grounds.

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19th March 2015: Raising Standards by taking Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors

This course will help primary teachers use the natural environment to teach aspects of the core literacy and numeracy curriculum. It is a practical day covering a range of outdoor activities to engage children in active learning including activities to teach time, number bonds, area, shape, fractions and how to use the natural environment as an inspiration for story building and telling, poetry, descriptive writing, vocabulary development and even punctuation!

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25th April 2015: Nature Play for Childminders

The natural environment provides an exciting, stimulating and challenging environment where children can have fun and play freely whilst experiencing the challenges of life and developing real life skills. This training day, run by TCV, is aimed at childminders who want to develop informal nature play opportunities for the children in their care, making the most of gardens (large or small), parks and woodlands.

Outdoor play is a statutory requirement for children in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this. The aim of the training is to give you ideas for activities and games that will enable you to encourage young children to explore and discover their natural environment.

Led by experienced environmental trainers with years of experience running activities with children of all ages, the training will take place at our purpose built environment centre.

Feedback from previous participants on courses run by these trainers: 

The activities were suited really well for my mixed age group – something for toddlers and the older children too. Look forward to trying them out.”

“Great fun – I’ve now got loads of new ideas for taking the children outside”

Cost - £30 per person plus VAT

 Click here for more info and to make a booking

 

7th May 2015: Nature Play for Early Years

7th May 2015: Nature Play for Early Years

Outdoor play is a statutory requirement in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this.  We cover the benefits of nature play and how to manage risk, and then  run through loads of ideas for activities and games that will enable you to confidently encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment.

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Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We can design and deliver custom made courses just for your school. In the past we have run the above courses in house and have also designed courses around 'Getting the whole school gardening' and 'Getting started with outdoor learning - a mixture of practical and theory'. Courses can last a half or whole day (and can be run as twilight sessions). They can be run here at Skelton Grange or in your own school grounds. Contact us for prices and availablity.

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.